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Dr. Arthur Heller
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What could cause psoas abscess?

What could cause psoas abscess?

Infection elsewhere: Used to be TB was major factor. Now it is more from appendicitis, kidney infection, diverticulitis, spine infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


Dr. Michael Ein
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Is it possible for a psoas abscess to return?

Yes: If it is inadequately drained or if ineffective antibiotics are used or if antibiotics are stopped too soon a psoas abscess can recur. These are frequently associated with discitis and vertebral osteomyelitis which if not adequately treated can lead to recurrence of the psoas abscess. ...Read more

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Dr. Audie Rolnick
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Dr. Martin Raff
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Is psoas abscess completely curable? If yes, what is the time period?

Depends: Psoas abscesses seldom occur as primary lesions. They are a result of some other underlying infectious process. Time to cure is dependent on eradication of the primary problem, the nature of the organism involved and the type of therapy given. It is curable, but suggest strongly that you be seen by an infectious diseases consultant. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
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Can a psoas bursitis MRI be mistaken for a psoas abscess?

Can a psoas bursitis MRI be mistaken for a psoas abscess?

Yes: This can happen - additional imaging techniques can be used - this includes adding infusion or dye studies. Also needle guided asoiration can be used to supplement diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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My wife is 29 & is diagnosed with koch's spine with (lt) psoas abscess, paraplegia/bladder affection.She's under treatment.Will she be cured?

My wife is 29 & is diagnosed with koch's spine with (lt) psoas abscess, paraplegia/bladder affection.She's under treatment.Will she be cured?

Koch's disease: This is tuberculosis affecting the spinal column. It can obvious extend to areas adjacent to the spinal segment(s) involved such as the psoas muscle, and can also cause interruption of nervous pathways resulting in paralysis. She will probably be cured of tuberculosis, but to what degree her neurologic impairment will reverse is very problematic and will require much time and patience. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Apart from treatment & medication, does high protein intake enhance the recovery process of patients suffering from koch's spine & psoas abscess?

Apart from treatment & medication, does high protein intake enhance the recovery process of patients suffering from koch's spine & psoas abscess?

I think it dose: A high-protein diet is recommended by many medical professionals for healing wounds or burns, because protein helps repair the body's organs and tissues. Lack of protein may decrease a person's immune system and his ability to heal from sickness and injuries. Eating a diet rich in protein from natural sources, and possibly from supplementation, may speed healing and decrease recovery time. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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My 22 yr old is recovering from an infected abscess psoas how long will it take for her to be pain free?

My 22 yr old is recovering from an infected abscess psoas how long will it take for her to be pain free?

Psoas abscess: This depends upon the organism causing the abscess, the location of the primary infection leading to the abscess and other factors. Often this begins from a spinal or paraspinous infection and these can be very painful. Talk to her doctors. ...Read more

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